We understand how challenging it is to develop both the knowledge and skills to embrace continuous evidence building in our world of increasing demands and constant change.
That’s why we look for individuals with diverse backgrounds in philanthropy, impact investing, technology, policy, analytics, entrepreneurship, and nonprofit management that map to the talent and capacity requirements of all stakeholders in the evidence ecosystem—enabling them to work together more effectively.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Senior District Manager, Field Group & Regional Manager, Community Development,
Arizona and Nevada, San Francisco Federal Reserve
Joselyn Cousins manages the Community Development Field Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, which partners with financial institutions, community-based organizations, and government agencies to address pressing community development needs impacting low-income neighborhoods and households. Joselyn also serves as the regional manager for Arizona and Nevada where she provides technical assistance and training on successful initiatives and programs addressing affordable housing, healthy communities, asset building, small business development, and access to financial services.
Joselyn has an extensive background in community development in the private and public sectors. Prior to joining the San Francisco Fed, Joselyn was the vice president of community development for United Way of Southern Nevada where she directed and managed the community impact team in developing strategies to address local issues in the areas of education, financial stability, and health. She has many years of banking experience working as a Community Reinvestment Officer for both small and large financial institutions in Nevada. Joselyn earned her bachelor’s degree in administration from California State University, San Bernardino.
President & CEO, Independent Sector
Dan Cardinali is president and CEO of Independent Sector, the only national membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations to advance the common good.
Before joining IS in 2016, Dan served on the IS Board of Directors and several IS member committees. He also led IS member, Communities In Schools, the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, for 12 years after working in other positions at the organization.
As a thought leader in the field of public education, Dan was credited with fostering the growing national trend toward community involvement in schools through partnerships with parents, businesses, policymakers, and local nonprofit groups. As the president and CEO of IS, he believes strongly in the power of nonprofits, foundations, and other organizations to work collaboratively to improve life and the environment for individuals and communities around the world. Dan is known for his commitment to performance management to drive evidence-based programs and high impact organizations.
Early in this career, Dan worked as a community organizer in Guadalajara, Mexico organizing a squatter community to secure land rights, running water, and public education. He then returned to Washington, DC for a research fellowship at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University.
Dan was a 2007 Annie E. Casey Children and Families Fellow, serves on the board of Child Trends and the advisory boards of Harvard Business Schools’ Social Enterprise Initiative, the Conference Board’s Center on Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy, and Project Evident. He is also a trustee of The Fetzer Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University.
You can follow Dan on Twitter at @dancardinali.
Specialist Master, Monitor Institute by Deloitte
Rhonda is a specialist master with Monitor Institute by Deloitte within Deloitte Services LP where she co-leads the impact measurement program. She has more than a decade of consulting experience in environmental and social issues and extensive experience in rating and standards development for financial and non-financial metrics. Rhonda holds a Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley and was a postdoctoral fellow and visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Labor and Employment.
Founder; Managing Director, Network and Strategy, Project Evident
Kelly is the Founder of Project Evident and Managing Director of Network and Strategy. Previously, she served as Vice President/Chief Program and Strategy Officer at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (EMCF) where she led policy innovation, evaluation, grant-making and the early capital aggregation pilot. Prior to EMCF, Fitzsimmons co-founded Zanana Studios, which provides enrichment services to women; LeadWell Partners, a boutique coaching and consulting firm for leaders, boards and management teams challenged by growth and change; and New Profit Inc., a nationally recognized venture philanthropy fund. She has also held management positions in social change organizations and the entertainment industry.
Numerous case studies, books and articles have cited Fitzsimmons for her work in adapting business tools and practices to the nonprofit sector and for her contributions to evolving philanthropic practices. She serves on the boards of several nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.
A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Fitzsimmons holds an MBA from Boston University
Chief Financial Officer, Now Account
Archie Jones has spent more than 20 years leading and maximizing the impact of high-growth, innovative enterprises in the private and social sectors. Mr. Jones currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of NOW Corporation (NOW).
In the social sector, Mr. Jones has served as a Partner at New Profit and a board member of Year Up National. He currently serves as a board member of the Taly Foundation; the Mickey Leland Kibbutzim Foundation; First Choice Credit Union and is also a founding board member and Vice Chairman of Year Up Greater Atlanta (YUGA).
Over the last two decades, Mr. Jones has led private equity, privately-held and publicly-traded companies and has served on the Board of Directors of several corporate and non-profit organizations. Mr. Jones is a Certified Public Accountant. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University and is a graduate of Morehouse College.
Principal & Chief Creative Officer, CHIEF
Chris Lester leads CHIEF’s strategic and creative initiatives bringing his unique vision and energy to building brands that shape perceptions and create powerful outcomes. As founder of the CHIEF brand and strategic lead on significant global engagements, Mr. Lester serves as a strategic brand advisor to leading boards and executive teams worldwide. He has been instrumental in brand development for Disney, Newman’s Own Foundation, Sandals Resorts, Hilton, General Wesley Clark, YWCA and Howard University, among others.
Mr. Lester is a sought after keynote speaker and presenter sharing his passion for brands and the Influence of Perception. His speaking engagements have taken him from the Middle East and South America, to the Caribbean and beyond. He was among a select group of leaders, which included 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus invited to speak on non-profit development in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He has lectured at Pratt Institute, Howard University, American University and other leading institutions. He is a frequent guest expert for local media and has been featured in numerous publications.
Mr. Lester received his education at the Pratt Institute, NY, with a focus on design and brand that has influenced every aspect of his career.